The WHY of Adoption

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So we are all-in with adoption. It is something that we have always talked about and desired to do. Now, the time has come…

I bet the initial question is, “Why not just try and have more kids?” I totally understand that question. I remember when Sarah and I were dating, we were discussing our dreams for family. Even back then, we said that the ideal for us would be 2 biological and 2 adopted. And the question that kept coming up which has taken on more meaning after having biological kids was, “Why bring more kids into the world when there are so many other kids in the world who…

…don’t have parents…
…don’t have a family…
…don’t experience or understand love…
…and most importantly and most likely, don’t know their Maker and Creator…

So the answer to the Why question for us is rooted in the Bible. There are several important passages and themes within it that talk about orphans and adoption. These are the ones that immediately came to mind…

James 1:29… Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. 

As followers of Jesus, we want to do the things that please Him. Taking care of the orphans and widows is a huge task, but adoption is our way of stepping out and doing something. Obviously, there are many other things that can be done to help the orphans and widows.

Galatians 4:4-7… But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.  
Romans 8:14-15… For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 

There is nothing better in this life than to be called a child of God, adopted into his family by the work of Jesus on the cross. By that adoption, we can cry out to him as our Father. Within that relationship come the depths of love and trust and worth and grace and forgiveness and on and on.

It is to this end that we open up our home to a child that we do not yet even know. While we can give a level of love and grace, it is our desire to give this child the opportunity to cry out to his Maker and Creator as “Father.” A child who has not only been adopted into our own family, but hopefully one day into the family of God.

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